Finding a Topic for your Doctoral Project

Finding a Topic for your Doctoral Project

As you start the process of thinking about what topic you might pursue for your capstone Doctoral Project, you might find it helpful to study the list below of papers that either are in progress with current students in our program or have been recently completed and deposited.

Further, you may find it helpful to review deposited DMA papers in the IDEALS repository of dissertations and theses in the Music and Performing Arts Library ( )

See here, too, for a Powerpoint presentation with useful tips (PDF).

Selection of Recent and Current Illinois Doctoral Project Topics

The String Quartet Business in 21st-Century America: Innovative Enterprise, Diverse Residencies and Community Building

Coordinating Mind and Body: A Comparison of Three Somatic Approaches for Improving Wellness and Performance in Pianists

Aaron Copland’s In the Beginning: Context and Creative Process

From Paper to Performance: Problems and [Digital] Solutions in Operatic Piano-Vocal Scores

Recent Works for Horn by Portuguese Composers: An Annotated Guide

The Impact of Yoga on Conducting

Possibilities for Trombone Performance in the Sacred Music of Andreas Hammerschmidt: Introduction and Performance Edition of Selected Works

The Use of Subtitled Illustrations to Enhance Audience Understanding of Lieder: An Experiment in Music Appreciation

Performance Issues in the Solo Cello Music of Iannis Xenakis: A Performer’s Guide to Nomos Alpha and Kottos

The Accompanying Style of Jazz Pianist Mulgrew Miller

Fantasia Elements in Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach’s Petites Pièces pour le Clavecin (1754-57)

Radiohead’s Subterranean Jazz Structuralism: The Music of Louis Armstrong, Alice Coltrane, Miles Davis, and Charles Mingus in Ten Compositions by Radiohead

A Step Beyond the Nineteenth-Century Paradigm in Higher Education: Exploring Arts Entrepreneurship

Scheherazade: A Multimedia Presentation of an Arrangement of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade Symphony Featuring Solo Harp

Memorization in Trumpet Pedagogy: A Qualitative Case Study of its Integration in the College-Level Applied Studio

Guidelines for Teaching the Soprano Voice at the Kenyan High School with the Use of Indigenous Music

An Analytical Study of Eun-Hye Kim’s 12 Piano Suites Les douze signes

Expanding the Cultural and Economic Future of Jazz Music: A New Jazz Theater Curriculum

Promiscuity, Fetishes, and Irrational Functionality in Thomas Adès’s Powder her Face

The Humboldt Brass Band: An Early History and Critical Edition of a Post-Civil War Amateur Town Band and its Part Books

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